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"Autobiographical Story"

Activity

Summary

Participants create an autobiographical story to help understand identity and classroom diversity.

Instructional Strategies

1. Tell participants to start with the problem, tension, conflict or personal realization that will serve as the heart of the story.
2. Then, work backwards and describe the setting (place & time) and characters.
3. Develop the story forward; describe significant life events leading up to the climax.
4. Resolve the problem, tension or conflict.
5. Finish the story by wrapping up loose ends.
6. Optionally, participants can do language autobiographies where they explore through storytelling their relationships with language (their first words, successes or failures with language, code-switching and multilingualism, intimate, social and professional)

Participant Tasks

1. Start with the problem, tension, conflict or personal realization that will serve as the heart of the story.
2. Work backwards and describe the setting (place & time) and characters.
3. Develop the story forward; describe significant life events leading up to the climax.
4. Resolve the problem, tension or conflict.
5. Finish the story by wrapping up loose ends.
6. Optionally, do language autobiography; explore through storytelling your relationships with language (first words, successes or failures with language, code-switching and multilingualism, intimate, social, and professional).

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